bodhicitta

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Sanskrit Noun

bodhicitta

mind of enlightenment
बोधिचित्त
བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས།
菩提心

Basic Meaning

The altruistic thought to seek enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings. It is said to have two aspects: compassion aimed at sentient beings and their problems and the wisdom of enlightenment as the solution.

Has the Sense of

As this is the desire to achieve and help achieve the state of enlightenment for all sentient beings, it is called the thought or mind of awakening or enlightenment.

Simplified English Usage

Thought of awakening

Term Variations
Key Term bodhicitta
Topic Variation bodhicitta
Tibetan བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས།  ( jangchubsem)
Wylie Tibetan Transliteration byang chub sems  ( jangchubsem)
Devanagari Sanskrit बोधिचित्त  ( bodhicitta)
Romanized Sanskrit bodhicitta  ( bodhicitta)
Chinese 菩提心
Chinese Pinyin pútí xīn
Buddha-nature Site Standard English mind of enlightenment
Richard Barron's English Term awakened mind
Jeffrey Hopkin's English Term mind of enlightenment
Gyurme Dorje's English Term enlightened mind, enlightened attitude
Alternate Spellings རྫོགས་པའི་བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས།
Term Information
Source Language Sanskrit
Basic Meaning The altruistic thought to seek enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings. It is said to have two aspects: compassion aimed at sentient beings and their problems and the wisdom of enlightenment as the solution.
Has the Sense of As this is the desire to achieve and help achieve the state of enlightenment for all sentient beings, it is called the thought or mind of awakening or enlightenment.
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Term Type Noun
Definitions
Rangjung Yeshe Dictionary a mind directed towards pure and total presence, a mind set on enlightenment, bodhichitta, awakened heart, enlightened mind, attitude, the [primordial] state of pure and total presence; enlightened mind. བྱང་ meaning – pure of obscurations and chub meaning perfect in enlightened attributes.

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